[singlepic id=419 w=320 h=240 float=left] Friends of the Con is among 13 groups in the Mulgrave electorate to share in $159,587 worth of State Government grants in the latest round of the Community Gambling Benefit Fund.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the organisation would receive $16,888 to upgrade facilities.

“They will use the funds to replace the theatre curtain, kitchen utility bench and concrete a disabled parking area,” Mr Pitt said.

Friends of the Con Secretary Janet Elders said the funding was timely.

“The old curtain was installed in 1972 and has been patched up many times. After 40 years I don’t think there are many performances left in it,” Ms Elders said.

“The old kitchen bench is also 40 years old and no longer meets workplace health and safety standards.

“It will be great to concrete the disabled parking area. We had the ramps installed but the parking area is just grass and can be tricky for a wheelchair in the wet.”

Mr Pitt said the Community Gambling Benefit Fund provided much-needed money to groups that worked hard in the community.

[singlepic id=420 w=320 h=240 float=left]“Queensland is lucky to have organisations like Friends of the Con working for the community. Most of the people involved in these organisations volunteer many hours of their time, dedicated to providing a service for their community,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Gambling Community Benefit Fund allows the State Government to support the important work of these not-for-profit organisations.

“Through grant funding they are able to provide services to help educate people, enhance community safety and improve sport and leisure activities and opportunities to those who might not otherwise have them.”

To apply for the program, visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on grants.